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Government will complete 2nd Niger Bridge - Minister

30 April 2014, 09:43

Abuja - The Federal Ministry of Works has reiterated government’s determination to complete the Second River Niger Bridge, to ease movement of people and goods between the North and South of the country.

This is contained in statement issued on Tuesday and signed by Bisi Ogbonhin, the Director of Information in the ministry.

In the statement, Ogbonhin said that work on the project was in progress and going according to schedule.

"The work, which is set to be executed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for a concessional period of 25 years through the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) model, is on course.

"The Ministry is working with Julius Berger-NSIA Motorways Investment Company (JB-NMIC) Consortium, the preferred bidder for the development of the second River Niger Bridge Project, to ensure timely execution of the project.

"In fact, under an Early Works Arrangement, the nominated EPC contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has commenced full mobilisation to site.

"Timely execution of scheduled activities is anticipated,’’ Ogbonhin was quoted as saying.

The director said that the Julius Berger-NMIC Consortium had given assurance that it would comply with Nigeria’s Environmental Laws and that Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) would be an intrinsic part of the early works.

He added that this was already being carried out in compliance with the environmental laws of the country and the landmark project would be beneficial to all Nigerians.

"The Federal Government is determined to actualise the project to the benefit of the people of the South East geo-political zone and all Nigerians,’’ Ogbonhin said.

 - NAN

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